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Progress at local level hides surge in skills crisis

Anthony Butler promo
1 day(s) ago

The paralysing politicisation of municipal appointments continues, writes Anthony Butler

WINE: The importance of provenance

Picture: THINKSTOCK
1 day(s) ago

For punters of ‘authentic wine’ provenance alone accounts for the uniqueness of the end product, writes Michael Fridjhon

ANC should engage with, not demonise, opponents

1 day(s) ago

A string of criticism of dissent by the ANC shows that governing party’s ability to work out opposites is sorely lacking, writes Natasha Marrian

We are redistributing — but not very cleverly

Itumeleng Mahabane promo
1 day(s) ago

Yes, we are an unequal society, but our continuing problems are not caused by white monopoly capital, writes Itumeleng Mahabane

THE INSIDER: Race for the bottom of the socioeconomic pile

Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
1 day(s) ago

South Africa has the ‘poorest of the poor’, a phrase much loved by politicians

Let’s all ‘go home’ to Krugersdorp (if we can fit)

Leon Louw promo
3 day(s) ago

This notion of whites ‘going back home’ is gargantuan twaddle spewed by pseudo-intellectual, antiwhite racists, writes Leon Louw


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Don’t forget women in Kenyan resources debate

2 day(s) ago

The social cost of women working in mines and/or supporting ‘their mining men’ has not been a factor in public debate, writes Muthoni Maingi

Newspapers’ scrutiny of each other can be good

2 day(s) ago

Anton Harber: If our newspapers are aware that their rivals are paying attention to them, maybe they will work harder to meet the criteria for good governance their journalists expect of others

Let’s all ‘go home’ to Krugersdorp (if we can fit)

Leon Louw promo
3 day(s) ago

This notion of whites ‘going back home’ is gargantuan twaddle spewed by pseudo-intellectual, antiwhite racists, writes Leon Louw

Youth orchestra a neglected public relations investment

Allister Sparks promo
3 day(s) ago

Young musicians are South Africa’s greatest source of undervalued talent, writes Allister Sparks

TECHNO FILE: Foursquare changes are classic case of fixing what’s not broken

Kevin O'Grady promo
3 day(s) ago

It’s hard to fathom what the thinking was behind the decision to remove many of the features that made the app popular, writes Kevin O’Grady

JAZZ: Shepherd’s trio

Gwen Ansell promo
3 day(s) ago

There’s a palpable shared sense of fun when Kyle Shepherd, Shane Cooper and Jonno Sweetman grab a fast groove and fly with it, writes Gwen Ansell

Absence of evidence does not prove innocence

Tony Leon promo
4 day(s) ago

The phrase ‘the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence’ is a handy guide and frame for a welter of present events contending for attention, writes Tony Leon

THE INSIDER: Numsa takes issue with bosses gorging at trough

Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
4 day(s) ago

For Numsa, it seems, the aim of bosses in the engineering and iron and steel industries is not just about the bottom line but also about the waistline

Economy would reel from a domestic workers strike

4 day(s) ago

The debate on pay should be extended to everyone who has an employee, both in informal and formal employment, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

State must assist the private sector in providing education

5 day(s) ago

The state should divide its schooling budget into bursaries in the form of vouchers given to parents to enable them to buy education from the provider of their choice, writes John Kane-Berman

A freer Scotland will still be run from London

5 day(s) ago

It will just have a bit more say over welfare and taxation issues, writes Marvin Meintjies

ON WORK: Elop’s fabled memo shows how not to

Lucy Kellaway promo
5 day(s) ago

Microsoft’s Stephen Elop’s ‘Hello there’ memo has already become a classic example of how not to fire people, writes Lucy Kellaway

CRUCIAL CD COLLECTION: Rosanne Cash

5 day(s) ago

Her album is an intensely personal reflection on a relationship with the American South that couldn’t help being affected by the part her father, Johnny Cash, writes Richard Haslop

UNEMBARGOED: Our soccer fans no longer know what a good game is

5 day(s) ago

Songezo Zibi asks whether our soccer officials will ever realise that they have become a central part of the problem

Daddy, I want to be in corporate finance

5 day(s) ago

Rob Rose asks how it is that a time when everyone is threatening to strike, SA’s lawyers and bankers are building ever more opulent palaces

RANTS AND SENSE: Without ashes, where would our phoenix be?

5 day(s) ago

SA has now had two decades of growth and development that would have been inconceivable during the apartheid era, writes Bruce Whitfield

Tiny digital doctors to track your health

5 day(s) ago

Managed correctly, the technological changes sweeping through healthcare should have a hugely beneficial impact on people’s lives, writes Duncan McLeod

WINE: Geared for visitors

Michael Fridjhon promo
8 day(s) ago

I dropped into the tasting room at Villiera recently, on a quiet day in the dead of winter, writes Michael Fridjhon

THE INSIDER: Karoo group treasures forthright Malema

BIG PLANS: Shell has reserved another $250m for drilling exploration wells in the Karoo. Picture: THE HERALD
9 day(s) ago

The Treasure the Karoo Action Group won’t be partnering with Julius Malema’s EFF to advance any social cause any time in the near future

Unemployed won’t buy notion of wage restraint

8 day(s) ago

The unemployed want wages to grow as much as they want pensions and child grants to grow, writes Jonny Steinberg

A sartorial revolution to colour our politics

Anthony Butler promo
8 day(s) ago

The idea of decorum has provided a pretext for an insidious campaign against parliamentary free expression, writes Anthony Butler

A Clinton in power cannot bring back the good times

Gideon Rachman promo
2 day(s) ago

If and when Hillary Clinton bids for the US presidency, her unofficial campaign anthem might as well be Yesterday, writes Gideon Rachman

THE INSIDER: Nzimande points varsity students to Wikipedia

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande. Picture: GCIS
2 day(s) ago

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has given university students a hint about where to get their explanations and definitions

SA should try reconciliation — for real this time

Steven Friedman
3 day(s) ago

Claiming that reconciliation has failed assumes that a serious attempt has been made over the past 20 years to address our racial divides, writes Steven Friedman

THE INSIDER: Bapela is imagining better municipalities

Obed Bapela, deputy minister in the Presidency for performance monitoring and evaluation. Picture: THE TIMES
3 day(s) ago

Another dreamer, and seemingly a John Lennon fan, is Obed Bapela, the Deputy Minister for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Veteran gets up to date

3 day(s) ago

Jeep moves away from wartime roots as basic piece of kit, writes Alexander Parker

Sartorial suss is the start of success

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema leads his team, including Floyd Shivambu, left, and Dali Mpofu, right back. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
3 day(s) ago

If Prof Pine’s research is right and we become what we wear, wearing workwear will encourage more work, writes Penny Haw

More to arts and money debate than a pity party

Nomalanga Mkhize
4 day(s) ago

Criticism of inequality in the arts sector should not consist of simplistic pity narratives that simplify the arts to a consumption practice of the wealthy, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

Proteas rely on guts and Amla-led enjoyment to reclaim top spot

Vernon Philander. Picture: REUTERS/DINUKA LIYANAWATTE
4 day(s) ago

With all hope of victory long gone, SA’s dramatic fight for survival was better value for viewing time than many of their triumphs, writes Neil Manthorp

When white sheets and stinking feet divert minds

Aubrey Matshiqi promo
5 day(s) ago

The ANC in Gauteng must show more disgust for corrupt members than it does for red overalls, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

Sharks could not conjure up a miracle

Super 15 semifinal between the Crusaders and the Sharks at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/FIONA GOODALL
5 day(s) ago

The vitriol, insults, personal abuse and crassness directed at the Sharks must be the greatest motivator for the players to aim for fifth place next season, writes Mark Keohane

‘Great Power’ Germany can be good for Africa

5 day(s) ago

Berlin must harness its Friedenspolitik (policy of peace) to an enhanced political and security role, writes Adekeye Adebajo

Try McDonald’s to see how locals in grass skirts really live

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

The ideal in travelling is to arrive fully informed yet with no preconceptions, writes Simon Kuper

Catching a glimpse of the inner workings of the IMF

5 day(s) ago

Liaquat Ahamed’s monograph, Money and Tough Love: On Tour with the IMF, is not just hilarious but shrewdly provocative, writes Gillian Tett

STRAIGHT TALK: Let’s co-operate to make the best of our resources

Mark Barnes promo
5 day(s) ago

The value of water is defined by its absence. Water isn’t just something that we need to drink. Water is at the economic centre of power, writes Mark Barnes

ON THE MONEY: Instead of building new Brics bank, revamp what SA already has

Stuart Theobald promo
5 day(s) ago

Stuart Theobald asks why South Africa is contributing $10bn to the $50bn balance sheet of a proposed new Brics development bank

BULL'S EYE: Languid bulls rob markets of excitement

Jeremy Thomas promo
5 day(s) ago

Summer holiday lethargy lies thick across developed-world markets, writes Jeremy Thomas

Big data a winner in the World Cup

5 day(s) ago

App Match Insights could gather data before and during a match and use it to influence the coach’s tactical decisions while the game is on, writes Arthur Goldstuck

Fracking: beware what lies beneath

BIG PLANS: Shell has reserved another $250m for drilling exploration wells in the Karoo. Picture: THE HERALD
5 day(s) ago

Experience urges us to be cautious about the claims being made for fracking — and not just in South Africa, writes Ann Crotty

SABC plan is antithesis of open journalism

9 day(s) ago

At its heart, open journalism is about accepting, and embracing, a radically changing relationship between journalists and their audience, writes Anton Harber

LAW MATTERS: Arms deals critics should focus on corruption not rationality

9 day(s) ago

Once you accept that the defence force needed new equipment, then you are pretty much buggered on a rationality argument, writes Franny Rabkin

JAZZ: Tango treat on offer

Gwen Ansell promo
10 day(s) ago

Like South Africa’s indigenous modern music, tango is a syncretic form that draws from diverse influences, writes Gwen Ansell

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